The senior men’s team of Max Whitlock MBE (South Essex), James Hall (Pegasus/Maidstone), Courtney Tulloch (Pegasus/Maidstone), Joe Fraser (City of Birmingham) and Dom Cunningham (City of Birmingham) have qualified for the 2018 European Championships team final in second place with a score of 252.496.
There was also successful apparatus qualification for Max on pommel, Courtney on rings, Dom on floor, Joe on high bar and parallel bars and James on high bar.
Starting on floor, James, Max and Dom all went clean, with Dom enjoying the occasion in front of the home crowd, producing his trademark tumbles to score 14.366 which saw him qualify for the apparatus final in sixth.
Moving on to pommel horse, Max’s routine was full of difficulty, scoring 14.900 to make Sunday’s final. James (14.166) and Joe Fraser (14.400) also performed well, with Joe narrowly missing out on a place alongside Max in the final.
Joe then started off on rings scoring 13.633, James followed that with 13.733 before Courtney Tulloch showed off all of his skill on that apparatus, qualifying for the final in second place with a huge 15.100.
First up on vault for GB was James who took just a step on landing for a solid 14.366. Dom had an unfortunate fall on his first vault but a brilliant second gave him an average of 14.050 making him first reserve for the final. Courtney had to count penalties on both vaults for an average of 13.666.
On parallel bars it was Joe who shone, qualifying for the final in fourth place with an impressive 14.800. Dom (14.200) and James (14.166) also performed well for the team.
The final apparatus was high bar and again the team produced three solid routines. Dom fought hard for 13.233 before Joe (13.800) and James (13.733) both impressed to make the final in sixth and seventh respectively.
Max Whitlock MBE was pleased with the team result: "We are really pleased as a team and qualifying in second is a good position to go into the final. We will start on floor and that is what we have been practicing so we just need to get back in the gym, prepare and then go again."
Courtney Tulloch said after: "We are pleased with our result today, it was a great performance overall from the team managing to qualify in second, with everyone making finals."
Talking about the ‘Tulloch 2’ his second skill to be named after him on the rings he said: "Personally, I am really happy with my rings routine and to have another skill in the code, I’m just so pleased."
Joe Fraser: "I am really pleased, coming back from a big injury, I just wanted to show everyone I was back in action. The team just went out there and showed everyone what we can do, and we can’t wait for the finals on Saturday. I’ve never been in an arena like this with a home crowd and it was amazing, just unbelievable."
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Competition continues tomorrow with the junior qualifications, team and all-around final.